The traditional method of youtiao making requires at least 8 hours of proofing where no yeast is added, so natural fermentation took place to create the air pockets. To quicken this, I’ve added Instant Yeast to shorten the proofing time to 1 hour.
Even after it is proofed, traditionally it is rolled into a rectangular shape and let it proof again so that the air pocket will rise again. In order to skip this step, we have to gently roll it so that we do not compress the air pocket during the rolling process.
Season them in any way you want them, you can make them sweeter or add dry spices to spice up the game!